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The Trials of Nina McCall by Scott W. Stern

The Trials of Nina McCall

The Trials of Nina McCall by Scott W. Stern
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May 15, 2018 | 368 Pages
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Praise

“A powerful report on a relevant women’s movement deservedly brought to light over a century after it occurred.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Before reading this book, I had never heard of either the American Plan or Nina McCall. After reading it, I will be unlikely to forget either. Scott W. Stern has done a remarkably thorough job of laying out the evidence, brick by brick by brick, that damns the systematic incarceration of women with dubious sexual histories as one of the more shameful chapters in our nation’s history.”
—Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

“In this beautiful and most heart-wrenching narrative, Scott Stern renders newly legible a most disturbing chapter in our nation’s long history of stigmatizing and criminalizing its most vulnerable citizens.”
—Heather Ann Thompson, author of Blood in the Water

“Beautifully written, this book will dismay, outrage, and haunt you. Stern paints the horror of the decades-long American Plan, which surveilled and incarcerated thousands of vulnerable young women without due process. This chilling account of American policing run amok chronicles the logic of the incarcerators and recaptures their victims’ voices. It is an exceptionally powerful intervention in our ongoing national conversation on law, order, and punishment.”
—Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History, Yale University

“This deeply researched book tells a profoundly important story, intentionally erased, about America in the twentieth century. Through the eyes of Nina McCall, Stern explores the American Plan, ostensibly implemented to control gonorrhea and syphilis but, in fact, causing the harassment, brutal medical mismanagement, and imprisonment of tens of thousands of women. In our own era, when harassment is a great national topic, this book could not be more timely.”
—Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Women Rowing North

“In this time of ‘reckoning’ about sexual assault and harassment, Scott Stern’s book offers a powerful historical reminder of the state’s role in the incarceration of women and girls during World War I and its aftermath. In Stern’s riveting narrative, Nina McCall’s story is both sobering and shocking.”
—Allan M. Brandt, author of No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States Since 1880

Table Of Contents

AUTHOR’S NOTE

INTRODUCTION
“Young Lady, Do You Mean to Call Me a Liar?”

CHAPTER 1
“Willing to Go to Jail for Such a Cause”

CHAPTER 2
“Less Fortunate Sisters”

CHAPTER 3
“Waging War on the Women”

CHAPTER 4
“Reaching the Whole Country”

CHAPTER 5
“It Was Too Late”

CHAPTER 6
“Why Should a Woman Be Imprisoned for a Disease?”

CHAPTER 7
“We Will Get Even Yet”

CHAPTER 8
“When Righteous Women Arise”

CHAPTER 9
“Hunting for Girls”

CHAPTER 10
“We Defeat Ourselves”

CHAPTER 11
“The Situation Seems to Be Getting Worse”

CHAPTER 12
“A Total War”

CHAPTER 13
“Venereal Disease Was Not Our Concern”

EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES
INDEX

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